Local Legal Protections on Trulia. Credit: Trulia

Trulia already shows homes’ school districts and amenities. Now the real estate search platform is presenting an often more important piece of information alongside that data: legal housing and employment protections for LGBT people.

A group of employees at Trulia developed the feature at an internal hackathon. The feature takes data gathered by the nonprofit Movement and Advancement Project to show what state, county and city protections exist at a specific address.

“It challenges how we think about what’s important when you choose a place to live,” Trulia general manager Tim Correia told Inman.

Bringing information about LGBT protections to Trulia came first since this was an employee-led initiative and it relied on data gathered by an outside organization. Without federal LGBT legal protections, gathering fragmented state and local data is especially challenging. Twenty-two states plus Washington, D.C. have full legal protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity across housing, employment and public accommodations.

But with this feature off the ground, Trulia is also working toward figuring out how to provide information on legal protections for other protected classes, including local protections based on veteran and immigration status.

“We’re still in exploration for other categories out there,” Correia said. “It’s much like a decade ago when listings were fragmented. How can you bring the information to consumers to make the right decision?”

Trulia has already found some use cases where this feature has been particularly useful. Around Cincinnati, where the metro area encompasses Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, different addresses come with very different legal protections. Trulia hopes including this information will help customers in markets with similar situations navigate buying a home.

“Choosing a home is one of the most significant decisions in people’s lives,” Movement and Advancement Project executive director Ineke Mushovic said in a statement. “For many, a primary consideration isn’t just the house, but whether they will be moving to a neighborhood where they are protected and feel supported. This groundbreaking feature will help LGBT people look not only for the right home, but also the right community.”

Trulia is a subsidiary of Zillow Group. No word yet on whether the feature will make its way to Zillow’s home search or StreetEasy, another Zillow subsidiary.

Email Emma Hinchliffe

Show Comments Hide Comments
Sign up for Inman’s Morning Headlines
What you need to know to start your day with all the latest industry developments
By submitting your email address, you agree to receive marketing emails from Inman.
Thank you for subscribing to Morning Headlines.
Back to top
Only 3 days left to register for Inman Connect Las Vegas before prices go up! Don't miss the premier event for real estate pros.Register Now ×
Limited Time Offer: Get 1 year of Inman Select for $199SUBSCRIBE×
Log in
If you created your account with Google or Facebook
Don't have an account?
Forgot your password?
No Problem

Simply enter the email address you used to create your account and click "Reset Password". You will receive additional instructions via email.

Forgot your username? If so please contact customer support at (510) 658-9252

Password Reset Confirmation

Password Reset Instructions have been sent to

Subscribe to The Weekender
Get the week's leading headlines delivered straight to your inbox.
Top headlines from around the real estate industry. Breaking news as it happens.
15 stories covering tech, special reports, video and opinion.
Unique features from hacker profiles to portal watch and video interviews.
Unique features from hacker profiles to portal watch and video interviews.
It looks like you’re already a Select Member!
To subscribe to exclusive newsletters, visit your email preferences in the account settings.
Up-to-the-minute news and interviews in your inbox, ticket discounts for Inman events and more
1-Step CheckoutPay with a credit card
By continuing, you agree to Inman’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

You will be charged . Your subscription will automatically renew for on . For more details on our payment terms and how to cancel, click here.

Interested in a group subscription?
Finish setting up your subscription